Happy holidays! If your celebration includes some extra time at home then start by checking out Devindra Hardawar’s suggestions for binge watching. If you unwrapped a new console, then the best games for your PlayStation 5 or Xbox Series X / S are just a click away.
And if you’re trying to stay socially distanced during the holidays then we appreciate the sacrifice, and have advice on games you can play with friends from six feet or six time zones away.
-- Richard Lawler
More space rocks, but bigger this time.
Shortly after Japan's Hayabusa2 probe returned to Earth, JAXA showed off some of the samples it collected from asteroid Ryugu. Those rocks came from the “A” chamber of the probe’s sample capsule, which means they were collected during the mission’s first touchdown in February 2019. Now, JAXA has released photos showing the contents of the capsule’s “C” chamber, which it opened on December 21st.
You can see the movie in Dolby Vision HDR with Atmos audio, if you have the right setup.
This weekend Netflix added Bridgerton, Disney+ premiered its new Pixar flick Soul, but HBO Max had the biggest premiere with Wonder Woman 1984. Unlike the other two streaming services, HBO Max didn’t support 4K until now, and still doesn’t have compatibility across all devices. If you’re planning on checking out the movie this weekend, take a look at the list to make sure you’re ready to get the best version possible.
Quibi gets a mention in the trailer.
The special, which “tells the story of the dreadful year that was” according to its synopsis, blends news footage with appearances (and probably acidic comments) from fictional characters. The trailer includes some of the well-known faces who appear in Death to 2020, such as Samuel L. Jackson, Hugh Grant, Lisa Kudrow, Kumail Nanjiani, Tracey Ullman, Leslie Jones, Cristin Milioti and Joe Keery.
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The M1 chip makes it zippy and efficient, but also limited for professionals.
Apple’s M1-equipped MacBook Pro is as zippy as we expected, delivering all of the features we appreciated from the updated MacBook Air. But even though it’s a bit faster, it may be a hard sell. As Devindra Hardawar discovered, other limitations, like support for only one external display and no support for external GPUs, mean this isn’t the machine for professionals that it wants to be.
Virtual show, virtual awards.
With the coronavirus still spreading worldwide, CES 2021 has gone online only, and so has Engadget. Though this year's event will undoubtedly be different, at least one thing remains the same: We will continue to judge the official Best of CES Awards. This will be our eighth year hosting the awards, and our first doing so from our homes.
To match, or perhaps elevate, our remote surroundings, Engadget will be unveiling a new 3D virtual stage from which we will broadcast not just the awards ceremony, but three days of live panels and other programming. The ceremony itself will take place on Wednesday, January 13, around 4:00pm ET.